Tiki boat tours coming to Detroit River
The folks who brought pedalling pubs to the streets of Detroit are expanding to the waterways. Aloha Tiki Tours will begin offering tiki boat tours on the Detroit River in May.
The company, which also owns the rolling bars that are pedalled by customers, will offer two-hour boat rides in St. Clair Shores. Like the pedalling pubs, boat passengers will supply their own alcohol. Unlike the pubs, the seafaring crowd won’t have to supply the horsepower.
Rides will cost $300 from Friday through Sunday and $250 the rest of the week. Each vessel can hold six passengers.
They will run from May 25 through Sept. 30. Four boats will launch from Sinbads Marina on the Detroit River and two from Blossom Health Marina in St. Clair Shores.
The tours provide bar stools, a cooler and blender. For more information visit www.alohatikitours. com.
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New for 2019, Aloha Tiki Tours will be offering two-hour tiki boat tours on the Detroit River beginning May 25 and continuing to Sept. 30. Boat passengers will supply their own alcohol. Photo courtesy Aloha Tiki Tours